Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem facing young Australians. According to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) register, more than 5,300 younger adults (under 40 years of age) are living with type 2 diabetes in Victoria alone.
Historically, type 2 diabetes has been understood as a condition affecting middle-aged or older adults, and its emergence in younger people is a relatively new phenomenon. Due to this, most existing type 2 diabetes care and support services have not been designed to meet the needs of younger adults. We are currently developing a new range of services to address the unique experiences, challenges, care and support needs of young adults with type 2 diabetes.
Services and Events
Peer Support Groups
The young adults’ type 2 diabetes program at Diabetes Victoria coordinates and supports a number of support groups in metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas of Victoria. For more information about the young adults type 2 Peer Support Group, contact us on 1300 437 386.
Generation T2 webinars
Generation T2 has organised webinars focusing on issues relevant to young adults with type 2 diabetes. If you were unable to participate in the webinars in real time, you can click on the links below to access the information discussed.
- Watch our ‘Planning for Pregnancy’ webinar, presented by Dr Katherine Kibbey, from Monash Health and Monash University.
- Watch the webinar on ‘Healthy Eating and Physical Activity’, presented by Accredited Practising Dietitian Adele Mackie.
- 'Stop the stigma! Understanding diabetes stigma and what to do about it' presented by Dr Jessica Browne Research Fellow at The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD).
Email us if there are any topics you would like to see discussed in further webinars.
Call our Diabetes Helpline on 1300 437 386 for information about products, services, programs, events and membership. If you wish to speak to a credentialed diabetes educator, accredited practising dietitian or our advocacy co-ordinator with any questions or concerns you have about diabetes, treatments and management, ask a member of the Diabetes Helpline to transfer you through to a member of the Health and Education Services Team.
Find out more about prevention and diagnosis of diabetes or risk factors for type 2 diabetes or download the What is diabetes? information sheet (PDF).